New Age H4G Black Rain

New Age H4G Black Rain

The torrent continues: another New Age release has arrived!

The Box

The box is similar to the G1-inspired boxes but with an all-black background.

Black Rain box
Black Rain box back

Inside the box you get the standard instructions, a rifle and two missile launchers.

Black Rain box contents

The Robot

No changes from Murphy here except for the silver paint job which is limited to just the external body panels of the vehicle mode.

Black Rain robot mode
Black Rain robot mode side
Black Rain robot mode back

The Datsun

Again, no changes here besides the, very nice, shiny new paint job. Looking at this makes me long for a re-release of Gremlin with a proper gold paint-job.

Black Rain vehicle mode

The Comparisons

Here’s Maverick, Black Rain and Kitt side-by-side:

Black Rain comparisons robot
Black Rain comparisons robot side
Black Rain comparisons robot back
Black Rain comparisons robot back

The Name

The name appears to come from the movie Black Rain released in 1989.

The Conclusion

For G1 fans, this is your toy-inspired Bluestreak!

Black Rain comparisons robot back
Choose your own Bluestreak!

Get yours where I got mine: Show.Z Store – New Age H4G Black Rain



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New Age H3B Kitt

Another day, another Datsun: New Age Toys’ Diaclone No. 7 Fairlady Z blue version inspired Kitt has arrived.

The Box

Th box is very similar to Maverick‘s with a very strong 1970’s feel that replacing the racing flag pattern with a sea green background and removing the Ark Warrior badge. Unlike the rest of the Bluestreak-inspired releases which were numbered H4_, Kitt has been added to Harry‘s numbering scheme: H3B.

Kitt box
Kitt box back

Like the rest of the Datsuns this includes the rifle and two of the same missile launchers that came with Harry for a more toy-inspired look.

Kitt box contents

The Robot

No changes from Murphy except for the blue. I was a little concerned by some of the early photos of this figure that the shade of blue would be overwhelming but, in hand, it looks fine.

Kitt robot mode
Kitt robot mode side
Kitt robot mode back

The Datsun

Again, no changes here besides the blue paint job.

Kitt vehicle mode

The Comparisons

To really show off the blue, here’s Kitt with Maverick.

Kitt and Black Rain robot mode
Kitt and Black Rain robot mode side
Kitt and Black Rain robot mode

The Name

With the double T, this is clearly a reference to the Knight Industries Two Thousand (aka KITT) from Knight Rider (1982)

The Conclusion

There is now a Bluestreak for everyone; animation, toy or Diaclone. I have no doubt that there will be clear versions in the near future for those of you that just need more Datsuns.

Kitt robot mode armed

Get yours where I got mine: Show.Z Store – New Age H3B Kitt



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New Age H2T Kagemusha

New Age H2T Kagemusha

The ghost of Manero has arrived at JunkionHQ!

The Box

The box is a ghostly blue, reminiscent of the packaging for e-HOBBY’s clear release Binaltech Rijie (aka Mirage).

Kagamusha box
Kagamusha box back

Inside the box are translucent versions of all of the accessories that came with the original Manero.

Kagamusha box contents

The Robot

The translucent plastic looks pretty good in robot mode.

Kagamusha robot mode
Kagamusha robot mode side
Kagamusha robot mode back

The Porsche

Vehicle mode, however suffers from the translucent plastic due to all of the, now extremely visible, panel lines and hinges.

Kagamusha vehicle mode

The Name

Unlike his release-mate, Kagemusha retained the name he was originally solicited with which appears to come from a movie released in 1980: Kagemusha.

The Comparisons

With the original Manero:

Kagamusha with Manero robot mode
Kagamusha with Manero robot mode
Kagamusha with Manero robot mode
Kagamusha with Manero vehicle mode

The Conclusion

The Manero mold is the best one that New Age Toys has released so far.

Kagamusha fully accessorized

Get yours where I got mine: Show.Z Store – New Age H2T Kagemusha



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War for Cybertron Siege Jetfire

War for Cybertron Siege Jetfire

War for Cybertron Siege Commander-class Jetfire has arrived and there is really only one word that describes this figure: WOW!

The Box

The box is, unsurprisingly, huge with a tease of the upcoming Titan-class Omega Supreme.

Jetfire box

The Robot

Robot mode has quite a presence in hand and not just due to the size. This is unquestionably “Skyfire” from the G1 cartoon.

Jetfire

There are so many little details with no splotchy “weathering” to get in the way.

Jetfire side
Jetfire back
Jetfire backpack
Jetfire face

They even included a TOE* swapable faction symbol to recreate his brief time with the Decepticons.

Jetfire Decepticon

The 5mm port in the hand is very clever, it moves out of the way when the hand is open and back again when it is closed.

Jetfire hand open
Jetfire hand closed

The battle mask stores in a dedicated chamber within the extra chest armor.

Jetfire mask storage

Here he is with all of his armor attached.

Jetfire in armor

An now with effects!

Jetfire effect parts

My only complaint is that there’s no ankle tilt which can limit poseability.

Jetfire foot

The Space Jet

Jet mode is, once again, almost straight from the cartoon with lots of little details.

Jetfire vehicle mode
Jetfire details intake
Jetfire details top
Jetfire details calf

It even has retracting landing gear:

Jetfire details landing gear front
Jetfire details landing gear rear

It comes packaged with a plug in the cockpit covered with tech details, if you remove this you can place a Titan Master there instead.

Jetfire open cockpit with filler
Jetfire open cockpit empty
Jetfire open cockpit with Titan Master
Jetfire cockpit with Titan Master

Weathering

Instead of the splotches found on many Siege releases, the weathering on Jetfire is limited to much more subtle grey paint applications on the jet nose and robot legs.

Jetfire details jet nose
Jetfire leg weathering

Weaponizer Parts

The armor and weapons can be assembled into a jet sled.

Jetfire armor sled side view
Jetfire armor sled front view

The Conclusion

A truly great figure that fully justifies the new size class. Here he is with Siege Optimus Prime to give you a better sense of scale.

Jetfire with Optimus Prime

* That One Episode” – the obligatory accessory that the character used once in the cartoon.

New Age H5B Alonzo

New Age H5B Alonzo

Basic black is a great look for the Maverick mold!

The Box

Alonzo’s box is inspired by the 2007 movie toy line packaging and includes a huge window on the front.

Alonzo box

It is the first release in the line that was not given a function. Even Multiverse Cyclops was had a function of “Security Police”.

There’s also a movie-style bumblebee logo on the back

Alonzo box back

In the box you get a rifle, two shoulder cannons and the same instruction sheet that came with Harry.

Alonzo box contents

It is a little disappointing that they painted the weapons gold instead of just casting them in that color. The unpainted rifle handle really stands out and the extra paint makes the shoulder cannons extremely difficult to use.

The Robot

The robot mode doesn’t have any changes from Maverick with the sole exception of having Harry’s roof.

Alonzo
Alonzo side
Alonzo back
Alonzo head

The Datsun

Here’s where this release really shines! The classic black and white police car looks fantastic.

Alonzo vehicle mode
Alonzo vehicle door POLICE
Sadly mine has a scratch on the door that really stands out in close-ups.
Alonzo: to punish V enslave...
The language barrier turns Barricade’s slogan into “to punish V enslave…”
Alonzo vehicle POLICE

The Comparisons

Side-by-side with Harry

Alonzo with Harry
Alonzo and Harry vehicle mode
Alonzo and Harry vehicle mode

Side-by-side with Maverick

Alonzo with Maverick
Alonzo and Maverick vehicle mode

When side-by-side with Maverick and Harry

Alonzo with Maverick and Harry
Maverick, Alonzo and Harry vehicle mode

The Name

When I first Googled the name, the most fitting thing that I saw was on the Urban Dictionary where it’s defined as “tall dark and handsome”. However, ty_starr on TFW2005 had a thought that fits the pattern better, “Alonzo references the movie Training Day. Denzel Washington played a dirty cop named Alonzo.”

The Conclusion

Although this is another oddball release like Cyclops I’m very glad they did it.

Alonzo robot mode armed

Get yours where I got mine: Show.Z Store – New Age H5B Alonzo



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New Age H4 Murphy

New Age H4 Murphy

The rapid-fire releases continue with Murphy, aka G1 Bluestreak in animation colors.

The Box

The box is a G1 tribute in the same vein as Max.

Murphy box
Murphy box back
Murphy box top

Inside the box you get instructions, a rifle and two redesigned shoulder cannon.

Murphy box contents

The Robot

The anime colors look great on this mold and the red parts really pop.

Murphy robot mode
Murphy robot mode side
Murphy robot mode back
Murphy head

Here’s a close-up of the new anime-style shoulder cannons.

Murphy shoulder cannon

The Datsun

Not surprisingly, the vehicle mode is just as impressive as the other Datsuns.

Murphy vehicle mode
Murphy hood

The wheels are dark grey rather than black.

Murphy wheel

The Comparisons

Side-by-side with Harry:

Murphy with Harry
Murphy with Harry side
Murphy with Harry back
Murphy with Harry vehicle mode

The Name

As originally speculated by Scurv on the TFW2005 boards, the name comes from Robocop (1987). This thought was most succinctly put by zeroblue2099 on TFW2005, “Alex Murphy starts the movie as a cop (Prowl) and is rebuilt into a black and silver cyborg”.

The Conclusion

This will be the primary Bluestreak for my display as far as robot mode goes.

Murphy armed

Get yours where I got mine: Show.Z Store – New Age H4 Murphy



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New Age H5 Maverick

New Age H5 Maverick

It’s been a busy time for New Age with seven retail releases and a giveaway all in the space of a month. Maverick (aka G1 Smokescreen) is release number six.

The Box

The box is inspired by the Diaclone No. 11 Fairlady Z Racing Type 280 ZX Turbo packaging but with a much heavier usage of the racing flag pattern. It also features the return of the Ark Warrior branding last seen on Harry’s packaging.

Maverick box
Maverick box back

In the box you get a rifle, two shoulder cannons and the same instruction sheet that came with Harry.

Maverick box contents

The Robot

The robot mode gets an animation accurate head, front bumper extension and shoulder wheels.

Maverick robot mode
Maverick robot mode side view
Maverick robot mode back view
Maverick robot mode shoulder

Although I applaud the accuracy and love the look, the shoulder wheels do limit articulation. Since the top of the ball joint is now covered, the arms cannot be posed straight out to the side without rotating the hood piece up and nearly hitting the side of the head with the tire.

Maverick robot mode shoulder articulation

In some early photos it appeared that Maverick’s head had a flat back, which is almost true. To match the cartoon design, the head is very tall and pill-shaped.

Maverick head side view

To complete the cartoon look are Smokescreen’s iconic shoulder cannons.

Maverick shoulder cannons

The Datsun

This is a very fun vehicle mode, with a lot of strong colors and great details. The only thing missing is the rear spoiler which, admittedly, would probably have interfered with the transformation.

Maverick vehicle mode
Maverick vehicle mode front bumper
Maverick vehicle mode door
The rough edges are only noticeable in these close-ups, in hand it looks great.
Maverick vehicle mode wipers

Due to the extra hinge in the arms, Maverick’s head needs to be tilted down below the rest of the undercarriage in order to get the hood transformed correctly. This is certainly a bot who must hate speed bumps!

Maverick vehicle mode head placement

The Comparisons

When side-by-side with Harry you can see all of the mold changes that help set Maverick apart.

Maverick and Harry robot mode
Maverick and Harry vehicle mode

To further demonstrate the shoulder articulation issue mentioned above:

Maverick and Harry shoulder articulation

The Name

New Age has shown a fondness for media references in their release names. I wasn’t able to figure this one out myself but there are two theories over on TFW2005:,

I’m leaning towards the TV show idea, it’s a much better fit.

The Conclusion

With Murphy (anime Bluestreak) being delivered, Kitt (Diaclone blue Bluestreak) and Alonzo (G1-ized movie Barricade) shipped from the factory we’re only one Datsun away from the complete set!

Maverick and Harry robot mode

Get yours where I got mine: Show.Z Store – New Age H5 Maverick

Releases in Fast Forward

We’re rapidly running out of announced figures! Will New Age wait until December to show off their next batch of releases or will we see some new molds after the vans come out? Here’s what we know:

Pending Releases

  • H4 Murphy: in the mail
  • H3B Kitt and H5B Alonzo: shipped from the factory
  • H4G Black Rain: expected in June
  • H7 McCoy and H8 Miller: expected by the end of August
  • H2PT Vizla and H2P Kagemusha: expected by the end of the year
  • H9 Agamenmnon: no release date or pre-orders yet – we haven’t even seen renders of the final colors, only the grey prototype shown back in December


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New Age H6L clear Max

New Age H6L clear Max

The clear version of Max has arrived at JunkionHQ!

The Box

The box is similar to those of the other two Maxes but the background has been changed to a much lighter blue and green gradient

Clear Max box
Clear Max box back

In the box you get the same instructions and three piece “beam up” stand as the original Max.

Clear Max box contents

The Robot

Same bot – now see-through!

Clear Max robot mode
Clear Max robot mode side
Clear Max robot mode back
Clear Max head
Clear Max chest
Clear Max UFO front
Clear Max shoulder

The UFO

The UFO mode…

Clear Max UFO

The Comparisons

Here are all three versions of Max.

Max family lineup
Autobot symbol sold separately
Max family lineup UFO mode
Autobot symbol sold separately

The Conclusion

Certainly not a “must have” release unless you’re one of the lucky few who own the Weibo giveaway Heart of Gold Flipper or Ion Storm Max. Still, it is a very cool looking figure!

Max family lineup
The Max fleet (Autobot symbol sold separately)

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New Age H6B Max V2

New Age H6B Max V2

The blue version of Max (aka Go Bots Pathfinder) has arrived at JunkionHQ!

The Box

Max V2’s box is pretty much the same as V1.

Max V2 box

One odd thing about the back of the box is that it shows the clear display stand that’s included with the other versions of Max.

Max V2 box back

In the box you get the same instructions and three piece “beam up” stand (this time in yellow).

Max V2 box contents
Backwards Max, just like in the box

The Name

The one thing that bothers me about this release is the name: Max V2. Their first Go Bot inspired release wasn’t called Flipper V2. They’ve even given names to all of the Bluestreak variants; Murphy for the animation silver and black version, Kitt for Diaclone blue, and Black Rain for the all silver toy version. So why does Max’s repaint miss out?

Max V2 box bottom
Just call me Max too

The Robot

Max is an enormously adorable rotund little figure, now in blue

Max V2 robot mode
Max V2 side
Max V2 back
Max V2 head
Not actually evil despite the red eyes!
Max V2 chest
Max V2 UFO front
Max V2 balanced on stand

The UFO

The UFO mode looks great in blue!

Max V2 UFO
Max V2 UFO on stand

The Comparisons

Here are both versions of Max.

Max V2 with V1
(Autobot symbol sold separately)
Max V2 UFO mode with V1

The Conclusion

Being a straight repaint, this figure is just as good as the original Max. I still wish he had a name though.

Max V2 partying with V1

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New Age H2P Cyclops

New Age H2P Cyclops

Cyclops, aka Binaltech Laserwave inspired Shockwave and the oddest release in the Legendary Heroes line, has arrived at JunkionHQ!

The Box

While most of the box is G1 inspired like Capoeira, the front has a drawing of Cyclops, peaking out from an alley.

Cyclops box

The back of the box shows Cyclops reporting to Shattered Glass Optimus Prime (hopefully a hint of things to come).

Cyclops box back

Since this is a limited release it reuses the instructions and plastic insert created for Manero which can be a little confusing. To be clear, the rifle slot should be empty since Cyclops does not include any accessories.

Cyclops box contents

The Robot

Since Laserwave was a repaint of Meister in the Binaltech line it makes sense (from a certain point of view) to make Cyclops a repaint of Manero.

Cyclops robot mode

One thing that you’ll notice is that there are very few paint apps for the robot mode, which makes it a very purple-forward figure as it should be.

Cyclops side
Cyclops back

True to the character, the left hand has been replaced with a cannon. Due to limitations in how the arms fold into the vehicle mode the cannon is rather short.

Cyclops hand

The new head, as expected in this line, is spot on and includes a nice arrow detail on the top.

Cyclops head
Cyclops head top

The Porsche

The vehicle mode is much plainer than the other versions of this mold which matches the the Binaltech inspriation.

Cyclops vehicle mode
Cyclops hood details
Cyclops wheel details

The Original Tease

H2 was originally teased in July 2018 with the following image:

New Age H2 Teaser
Photo by New Age Toys (via Weibo)

With the Shockwave head on a Jazz chest the silhouette covers both Manero and Cyclops. The black latex gloves, hopefully, were simply a reference to Shockwave as an experimental scientist.

The Comparisons

Side-by-side with Manero you can really see how simple the deco on this figure is.

Cyclops with Manero
Cyclops vehicle mode with Manero

To get a better idea of the size, here is Cyclops with Power of the Primes Shockwave.

Cyclops with Shockwave
Cyclops vehicle mode with Shockwave

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The Conclusion

As mentioned above, this is not supposed to be G1 Shockwave but rather an interpretation of Laserwave from the Binaltech line. I do not believe that this excludes the possibility of a true G1-inspired Shockwave later in the line, but time will tell.

Cyclops with Manero


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